What yoga does for me (blurb for the Flagstaff Yoga Festival Facebook Page)

It is hard to write a short blurb about yoga, because so many extraordinary situations led me to the practice. I did not come to yoga in an easy way, in fact, looking back, I came to it out of great difficulty and necessity. I realize that periods when I have fallen out of practice coincide with dark times in my life. That’s something for me to think about when I feel like blowing off my practice! Anyway, long story made short below . . .

I caught glimpses of yoga when I was a street kid in the late 1980s. I was homeless, but had a job as a bus person at Life Café on the Lower East Side of New York. David Life still owned the cafe then, and he and Sharon Gannon were just starting Jivamukti Yoga. I was aware of yoga because of their fliers, and I was curious, but $8.00 for a class was a lot of money for me back then, so I put yoga out of my mind. (Looking back, they probably would have let me come to classes even if I couldn’t pay, but I was too proud to ask).

A little while after that, I began doing a few yoga postures as an alternative therapy for an injury. It wasn’t until a few years later, when I took a yoga class that I became hooked. My teacher said, “There is no competition here. Where you are today is where you need to be. You are already perfect.”

Whoa! What a weight was lifted!

For a young woman who had run away from a home that was extremely competitive, mentally abusive and violent – yoga was a major relief. I was able to give myself permission to enter a place of non-judgment and compassion for at least an hour-and-a-half a day. Even better, I was able to feel grounded in my new feelings and take them into my life – with my relationships, my music and art, my work, everything! I had never experienced anything that felt so good so wholly (holistically).

Yoga had given me the chance to let go and start in the Now, and it still does.

When I practice yoga, physically I feel great, mentally I am clear, emotionally I have a light heart, and spiritually I am at peace. Yoga has been one of the joyful gifts in, for, and of my life.

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

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